by Sam Woolley
I believe bullying is a serious problem at Madison, and not dealing with it could lead to disaster. Recently at Rigby Middle School, there have been both a shooting and a gun brought to school in the past few months. The students of the Rigby School District have expressed concern for their safety. The day a gun was found in a student's backpack one student stated, “This is getting out of control. Hiring more counselors isn't going to stop the harassment some students go through every day. Do better Rigby.”
Now, this brings up the question, “Is bullying a problem in the Madison School District too?” Well, I believe it is, But bullying at Madison seems to be different than it is at other schools. While other districts deal with physical violence and verbal torment, Madison's bullying is more subtle, like making comments on peer's personal beliefs about politics, religion, and current events. But should 11-15 year olds be worrying about that type of stuff? Or more importantly, should they be speaking on it?
At this crucial time in our brain’s development, we are very impressionable and most often we find it easier to agree with the beliefs of the people around us. But what about the students who “rebel” from the social norm in a very conservative white-republican state? These individuals are the students who seem to take the brunt of the bullying, based on things they can't change like sexuality, race, ability, or social class. This should not be something that students are afraid to be bullied about. Everyone should be able to have their own opinions and beliefs. This is a public school where everyone should be welcome and accepted.
Luckily, Madison Junior High is trying to be proactive and start up a new club to prevent any incidents that may lead to tragedy. This club is called the Hope Squad. These students will be the ones that people can turn to when they are feeling bullied or helpless. These students on the Hope Squad will be announced at the assembly on October 29th. Always remember that help is here if you need it.